Soles4Souls, Inc. (S4S)

Soles4Souls, Inc. (S4S)

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Soles 4 Souls was launched in December 2004 as a project to collect shoes for the Asian tsunami disaster, and then for Hurricane Katrina victims in August 2005. It has since grown to include, Soles4Souls, Clothes4Souls, Hope4Souls, Travel4Souls.
B3 Community_2With an estimated 300 million children worldwide lacking a pair of adequate shoes, Soles 4 Souls’ mission is to collect new and like-new shoes to give to victims of poverty, and to collect used shoes to support micro business efforts to eradicate poverty. Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls provide the same relief and support with clothing and other necessities. Travel4Souls’ mission is to create lifelong ambassadors of change by providing opportunities for people to travel and distribute shoes in developing countries.
Travel4Souls is an International Humanitarian Travel Program for Soles4Souls, Hope4Souls and Clothes4Souls that leads trips to Tanzania, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, and Jamaica.
B3 Community_3Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools, and individuals. It has been that simple: changing the world one pair at a time.
Interested in helping? Individuals can register to participate in distributing shoes and sometimes clothing in these countries. Several distribution centres are organised at schools, churches and orphanages. Participants get the opportunity to size the children/adults for their shoes, wash their feet in buckets of water, and place brand new shoes on them. The trip also includes a day to relax and learn about the culture of the country visited.
December 5-9 2012, saw the Soles4Souls team visiting Montego Bay, Jamaica where over 250 pairs of shoes were distributed.

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